The Tuatha De' Danann are a basic part of Irish/Celtic lore. This race of divine beings were thought to comprise the fifth invasion (according the the Book of Invasions...if one strictly adhers to the tenets of that book there were seven invasions but two were really part of one invasion so I decided to ignore those) of Ireland. There are a variety of Gods and Goddesses that we will discuss below but they were all thought to have sprung from Danu. We talked about Danu in another part of this blog (she sprang forth from the tree of life in the form of a river and gave form to various other devine beings). There are also those who believe that Danu is not the Goddess referred to because Danu was not an Irish Goddess. These scholars suggest that Danann has to do with great artistic ability...thus a Goddess of great artistic ability. Anyway, this race of devine beings, who were eventually displaced by others but never totally vanquished, had various powers and influences. This blog will consider each of these briefly. For a more detailed discussion of these issues, see Steve Blamires book Magic of the Celtic Otherworld. One of these beings was Goibhniu, one of three craft Gods. He was a smithy. The others were Luchta, a wright, and Creidhne. Together they made magical weapons used to defend the gods. Their weapons always flew true and straight and always killed. There are many Gods and Goddesses in this group so I'll restrict my comments to just a few others. More extensive coverage of the group can be found in "Celtic Myths" by Miranda Jane Green. One of these Gods was Lugh. He was God of light and associated with the long days of summer. A summer festival, Lughnasad, was held in his honor each year. Lugh's role was considerable consequence. He was a Warrior God and helped the Twatha De' Danann immensely in times of conflict. In fact, Lugh (depicted in battle garb at the left...a similar painting is available through the Wandering Angus brick and mortar store email@example.com) assumed leadership of the Tuatha De' Danann because Nuadu tired of constant conflict. During his tenure, Nuadu lost an arm in battle and had to relinquish power until a new silver arm was constructed. After reassuming his leadership role, the conflict continued and he finally turned the job over to Lugh, the shining one.